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Definition of perforate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

perforate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfəreɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they perforate
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfəreɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfəreɪt//
 
he / she / it perforates
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfəreɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfəreɪts//
 
past simple perforated
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfəreɪtɪd//
 
past participle perforated
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfəreɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfəreɪtɪd//
 
-ing form perforating
BrE BrE//ˈpɜːfəreɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɜːrfəreɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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perforate something to make a hole or holes through something The explosion perforated his eardrum. a perforated line (= a row of small holes in paper, made so that a part can be torn off easily) Word Origin late Middle English (as an adjective): from Latin perforat- ‘pierced through’, from the verb perforare, from per- ‘through’ + forare ‘pierce’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: perforate